The Nasarawa State Government has disclosed that 15 persons, mainly children, have so far died between January and April, 2017, in the latest measles outbreaks that hit the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Iya, stated this at a media briefing in Lafia, yesterday.
He, however, debunked insinuations in some quarters that the ongoing outbreaks of meningitis in some states in the north has affected the Nasarawa state.
Iya boasted that the state has stepped up its sensitization campaign against the meningitis across the state by advising the people to avoid crowded places, sleeps in only ventilated rooms, among others.
The health commissioner further explained that the state is taking serious measure to ensure that the required drugs are available in all the health facilities across the state for avoidance of the outbreak of disease in the state
He added that sensitization and adequate communication using the media (broadcast) in local languages of the people remain the key to avoid the outbreaks of meningitis.
On the outbreak of the measles, Dr Iya explained that: “We had put in high level of coverage on routine immunisation but I wondered why death cases were still recorded in areas that immunisation was carried out.”
He raised suspicion on the challenges of core chain and information documentation, adding that his office will go back to the drawing board with a view to ascertaining how the outbreak came about.